Ainsley Maitland-Niles has decided he wants to leave Arsenal in the summer to play more football, according to a report.
The Englishman has only started one game since January, playing in the 2-1 FA Cup victory over Sheffield United at the end of June.
The Athletic claimed back in March that that Maitland-Niles turned up to Arsenal training late on several occasions under Mikel Arteta with the new head coach frustrated at the right-back’s failure to match his standards.
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Speaking at the time on why Maitland-Niles had been left out so much, Arteta said: “Ainsley needs to put his head down and work hard.
“Show me every day in training that he wants it more than anyone else, he wants to play for this club and fight for his place.”
And now David Ornstein in The Athletic now says that Maitland-Niles ‘has come to the conclusion that the writing is on the wall for his career at Arsenal’.
The 22-year-old, who has been used mainly as a makeshift right-back, will ‘seek pastures new’ this summer with interest from England and Germany.
Maitland-Niles has three years left on his contrac and ‘talks between Arsenal and his representatives were geared towards the matter coming to a head once the campaign is over’.
However, the former England under-21 international thinks it ‘would be best for both parties if a resolution was found sooner’ with the report citing ‘a lack of trust in him from Arteta’ as a key reason for him wanting to leave.
Maitland-Niles wanted to be ‘given a chance’ in his preferred central midfield position but that’s unlikely to come anytime soon at the Emirates.